Whether you're going on vacation or making an obligatory visit to your old Aunt Ida, the traveling to and from places can be stressful enough to ruin the rest of your trip. Between packing nightmares, expensive flights, and anything in between, traveling can turn even the cheeriest person into grouch.
Here are some useful travel hacks that can help you save a ton of money, time, and space and make your travelling experience just a little bit better. Which ones are your favorites? Vote all the travel hacks up that you think are the most helpful for you.
Scan Your Passport, ID, And ItineraryEmail yourself a copy of each of them so you still have all of your important information in case you lose anything.
To Use Google Maps Offline, Type “Ok Maps”This is important for people who need to access a map but may not always have a cell signal.
Call Your Credit Or Debit Card Company Before Traveling InternationallyMany banks will cancel or suspend bank accounts if they notice unusual activity. By calling ahead of time to let them know you are going to be traveling, especially if you're going to a different country, you will be avoiding a lot of headaches from having a declined credit card at the checkout counter.
Roll Your ClothesWhen you roll your clothes instead of folding them, you will be able to fit a lot more in your suitcase.
Google Your Airline Name And Flight Number For UpdatesThis is a lot easier than downloading the airline apps and trying to figure out whether or not it is delayed.
Bring Ear Plugs And An Eye Mask On The PlaneThis is especially crucial for long, international flights. You won't have to concern yourself with what the passengers around you are doing – or why they feel the need to have lengthy conversations at ridiculous hours with their reading lights on.
Book Flights On TuesdaysThis is when they are generally the cheapest.
Protect Liquids With Saran WrapIf you have to bring the entire bottle, make sure to protect it with plastic wrap so that if it does burst open, you won't have to worry about it ruining any of the other materials in your bag.
Cover Shoes In Plastic Shower CapsYour shoes probably have some pretty gross bacteria and germs on them. You don't want their dirty soles touching your clean clothes.
Use An Empty Tic-tac Case For Bobby PinsThese candy cases act as the perfectly sized dispenser for your hair pins.
Put Chargers In Sunglass CasesYou won't have to worry about detangling them when you dig them out from the bottom of your bag.
Stick A Dryer Sheet In Your SuitcaseThis will help keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean throughout your trip!
Put A Cotton Ball Or Pad In Your MakeupThis will prevent it from breaking or cracking.
Keep Collars Stiff With BeltsMaximize space in your suitcase by storing your rolled up belts in the collars of your favorite dress shirts.
Look Into Alternative HousingSometimes renting someone's home can be cheaper than hotels, depending on where you are traveling to and how long you plan on staying for. Using resources like Airbnb or subletting an apartment can often be better options than a pricey hotel.
Use Straws To Keep Necklaces From TanglingBecause everyone knows how frustrating it can be to try to get a tiny knot out of a sterling silver chain!
Fold Blazers Inside OutThis will prevent inconvenient wrinkles.
Hide Money And Valuables In An Empty ChapstickNo one would think to check a Chapstick for a hundred dollar bill. Sneaky.
Use Clothespins To Prevent Your Toothbrush From Touching Gross Counters
If you don't have one of those nifty little plastic toothbrush cases, use a clothespin to prop your toothbrush up on the hotel bathroom counter. Who knows the last time those counters were bleached – better not risk it.
Cover Razors With Binder ClipsSo you never have to worry about blindly digging in your bag and accidentally slicing your finger. Ouch!
Download Travel AppsIf you are going on a road trip, there are plenty of apps that will help you pick out places to stop on the way, give you traffic updates, and let you know which hot spots you can visit along your route.
Use An Oven Mitt For Your Curling IronThat way you can unplug and pack your straightener or curling iron without having to wait for it to cool down first.
Put Liquid Makeup And Lotions In Contact CasesThis way you will only bring the small amounts you will be using while traveling instead of packing the entire family size bottles.
Put Skincare Products In StrawsNo one likes to open their suitcase to see their favorite shirt ruined by an open bottle of their favorite lotion!